Bhagwan’s Best IPAJuly 1, 2002 Seattle, WA
Big Time Brewing Company
This beer comes from the Seattle’s original and oldest brewpub. Bhagwan’s was among the first of the northwestern IPAs. It is brewed with 5% Munich malt, a little bit of crystal, and a lot of Chinook, Cascade, and Centennial hops.
Alcohol by weight: 5.6
Surely one of the most limited production beers to be tasted here, Bhagwan's Best is also one of the finest, the result of head-brewer Kevin Forhan's love affair with traditional IPAs. Big and bountiful, there is a beautiful balance of bitterness and barley malt. Each sense: sight--bright orange; smell--flowers, herbs and treacle; taste--earthy and herbaceous; and aftertaste--warm and lingering, provides proof that the big Bhagwan in the sky loves us and want to make us happy. Although it begs for spicy Indian food, for a real religious experience pair it with Niman Ranch sustainably-grown pastrami sandwiches, Gus's half-dill Kosher pickles, and, halvah with pistachios.
- Charles Finkel
The aroma is everything you ever expected from a classic American Northwestern IPA. And so is the flavor! Fruity, big, bold, citrusy-like hop flavors and a complexity that bedazzles. This is a classic "American-India" Pale Ale. Clean, refreshing, assertive hop flavors dominate, yet do not clobber the palate. Great beer with food and all by itself
- Charlie Papazian
Luscious orange color with a tight head of foam. The color predicts the aroma: big orange jello fruitiness balanced by delectable juicy malt. Tart fruit and spicy/peppery hops dominate the palate, while the finish is intensely bitter, with an iron-like hoppiness balanced by delicious tart fruit and mellow malt. A quenching beer, with a skilful balance of malt, hops and fruit.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.